The Snappening

The Snappening

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Added Oct 11, 2014 at 06:12AM EDT by Particle Mare.

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The Snappening refers to the massive leak of up to 200,000 privately archived photographs and more than 90,000 videos of Snapchat users obtained by unidentified hackers through a security breach in the third-party web-based client Upon the release of the first volume in mid-October 2014, it was instantly dubbed the "Snappening" in reference to The Fappening, a similar event that had unfolded in the previous month, during which hundreds of nude photographs of well-known celebrities were leaked and circulated online.


On October 9th, 2014, an anonymous 4chan user posted a collection of images claimed to have been taken from the third party SnapChat client SnapSaved.

>> O Anonymous (ID esmm) 10/09/14(Thu)10:21:19 No.5730 10869、2>573010985 >>573009948 Question for you OP. Are pics from the sent or received username, or both? >> O Anonymous (ID NROAD) 10/09/14(Thu) 10:21:22 No. 573010871 >573010685 They were supposed to but it seems the hive mind has failed me once again Anonymous (D: Y4RoZOb) 10/09/14(Thu)10:22:36 No.573010985573011197 573010869 Lots of back and fourth. You will see soon enough. There are a lot of d--- pics. Just a warning >> O Anonymous (ID: asmD) 10/09/14(Thu)10:24:30 No.57301 1197·2573011443 >>573010985 Cool so does each pic have a sent abd received username? Do yoy have a guesstimate for what time the site will be live Anonymous (ID: YARoZOb) 10/09/14(Thu)1026:58 No.573011443 22573011697 573011197 Just sent for now but I might be able to link them with some help. MAYBE As to what time it will be live...once I'm done and I'm happy its worthy and won't crash. Hopefully tonight

Notable Developments

Snapchat Statement

On October 10th, Snapchat issued a press statement confirming that their servers were not breached and blamed the leak on the use of third-party applications, which the company prohibits its terms of use.[5]

We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.

Online Reaction

On October 10th, Redditor katchoovanski submitted a post about the hack to the /r/technology[8] subreddit. The same day, the /r/thesnappening[6] subreddit was launched for discussions about the leak. On October 11th, the /snappening/ board was launched on 8chan.[7] Initially, many Internet users were skeptical about the claims due to lack of evidence until screenshots and data analysis of the alleged collections surfaced online.

SnapSave Statement

On October 11th, 2014, Snapsaved confirmed via its Facebook page[4] that the site had been hacked as a result of a misconfiguration in its Apache server, though the company refuted some earlier reports surrounding the scale of the leak by stating that only about 500MB worth of images had been compromised.

Like Page October 11 at 11:51am- I would like to elaborate on the recent events regarding Was a website used to save SnapChat's, precisely as the app snapsave In response to recent media events and the statement made by, I would like to inform the public that was hacked, the dictionary index the poster is referring to was never publicly available. We had a misconfiguration in our Apache server SnapChat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database Snapsaved has always tried to fight child p----------, we have even gone as far, as to reporting some of our Users to the Swedish and Norwegian authorities As soon as we discovered the breach in our svstems, we immediatelv deleted the entire website and the database Associated with it. As far as we can tell, the breach has effected 500MB of images, and 0 personal information From the database The recent rumors about the snappening are a hoax. The hacker does not have sufficient information to live up to his claims Of creating a searchable Database Our users had to consent to all the content they received via, as we mentioned, we tried to cleanse the database of inappropriate images as often as possible The majority of our users are Swedish, Norwegian and American. l sincerely apologize on the behalf of we never wished for this to happen. We did not wish to cause SnapChat or their users any harm, we only wished to provide a unique service Like Comment Share 13 people like this Top Comments 11 shares

"The recent rumours about the snappening are a hoax. The hacker does not have sufficient information to live up to his claims."

News Media Coverage

In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the leaked files, including Forbes,[9] The Daily Beast,[10] Readwrite,[11] The Guardian,[12] RT[13] and Business Insider.[14]

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